New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Lessons Learned from New Census Data on Health Insurance

NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy, Ph.D. breaks down new health insurance highlights and takeaways from new Census data.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 16, 2022

New court challenge to the Affordable Care Act threatens access to preventive care. Uber pays up for misclassifying workers and not paying taxes.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 9, 2022

With a new school year underway, New Jersey struggles with a teacher shortage and fewer mental health staff for Black and Hispanic/Latinx students.

New Jersey’s Black Students Suffer a Decline in Access to School Mental Health Staff

Over the past decade, access to mental health staff for Black students decreased, while white students’ access increased.

Friday Facts and Figures: September 2, 2022

One year after Hurricane Ida, New Jersey has yet to release new flood zone rules. Superior Court judge strikes down big tax break for casinos.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 26, 2022

President Biden announces student loan forgiveness plan. New Jersey's 10-day sales tax holiday starts tomorrow.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 19, 2022

President Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act. Murphy administration green lights a highway widening that conflicts with New Jersey's climate goals.

Common Sense Changes to the Tax Code Will Narrow Wealth Inequities

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson during The Wealth Disparity Task Force’s Economic Working Group listening session.

Reevaluation of Fines and Fees in the Criminal Legal System is Essential to Reducing Wealth Inequality

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel during The Wealth Disparity Task Force’s Criminal Justice Working Group listening session.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 12, 2022

House Democrats poised to pass the Inflation Reduction Act. Three Amazon workers have died at warehouses in New Jersey over the last month.

It’s Time for New Jersey to Fix WorkFirst NJ to Better Support Low-Income Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of removing administrative barriers from WorkFirst NJ program.

Friday Facts and Figures: August 5, 2022

New Jersey's process for spending American Rescue Plan funds lacks transparency. Temp Workers' Bill of Rights gets another final vote.

Without Transparency, New Jersey Risks Spending ARP Funds in Ways That Don’t Provide True Relief

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson, calling on a more transparent American Rescue Plan fund allocation process.

New Jersey Has Less Than $1 Billion Left in American Rescue Plan Funds

A historic opportunity to provide immediate relief to New Jersey families and communities harmed by the pandemic is quickly slipping away.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 29, 2022

New Jersey is adding jobs faster than almost any other state. Only a small fraction of rental assistance applicants receive benefits.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 22, 2022

Easy Enrollment program will help uninsured residents enroll in coverage. New Jersey's private sector employment surpasses pre-pandemic levels.

The New “Easy Enrollment” Program will Lower Barriers to Affordable Health Care

The new program takes tax filing and unemployment claim forms and turns them into opportunities to enroll in health care coverage — all by checking a box.

Offshore Wind Benefits New Jersey in More Ways Than Meeting Climate Goals

Testimony from NJPP Policy Analyst Alex Ambrose in support of the Ocean Wind 1 offshore wind project to mitigate the effects of climate change.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 15, 2022

Nobody knows what lawmakers requested funding for in the state budget. The states that ban abortion do the least for children and families.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 8, 2022

Labor and environmental advocates kill Amazon hub at Newark Airport. Federal health care subsidies are about to expire.

How the New Jersey Child Tax Credit Became Law

NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen breaks down how the Child Tax Credit became law.

Friday Facts and Figures: July 1, 2022

The NJPP team breaks down the new state budget. New Jersey is the latest state to approve a Child Tax Credit.

Affordable for Some: What’s Included and Missing in New Jersey’s FY 2023 Budget

The new state budget creates a Child Tax Credit, but other programs to support working families didn’t make it in.

Sales Tax Holidays Do Little to Ease the Burden on Working Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in opposition to the proposed sales tax holiday on school supplies.

A State-Level Child Tax Credit Would Make New Jersey More Affordable for Working Families

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen in support of establishing a state-level Child Tax Credit.
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